It’s been a while since I last wrote, and I apologize for that. I was very busy actually, but I have great news: I graduated last week, and it was a great accomplishment personally and professionally. The nice thing is that it happened on Mother’s Day weekend and my mother was able to see me even from miles away via the internet. She was very proud and happy!
However, I still have one class to finish and I’m five weeks from that. As Post University was not offering the last class I had to take, they gave me the option to choose within a selection. I chose E-Learning Design for Diverse Learning because I love teaching online and my students are very diverse.
Horton (2012) defines e-learning as “the use of electronic technologies to create learning experiences." I believe this class will bring me different perspectives and make my practice better.
E-learning can be delivered in a variety of forms such as:
The standalone course is built with three types of activities in mind: Absorb; do, and Connect. Absorb activities not only control and stimulate the learners thinking process but also refresh and or extend previous knowledge. Some common types of Absorb activities are presentations, readings, stories told by teachers, and virtual field trips. Horton (2012) explains that Do Activities are the ones that help learners internalize information presented during the Absorb activities, transforming it into knowledge and skills. Connect activities integrate new learning to our previous knowledge.
When I first started visualizing my project I thought of my final product, however, I read the instructions again and I realized we are supposed to create one e-learning module. I was being too ambitious for a person who has no idea on how to design an e-learning course! If I like the experience and feel confident enough, my ultimate goal is to build a course with three modules: (i) an overview of the past, present, and future of refugees settled in Washington state, (ii) understanding trauma and how it can impair learning abilities, (iii) English Learning Acquisition (ELA) approaches for this target group.
I will use a combination of activities for my first module. I will use slide shows, some short readings, informational films that talk about the past and reasons why the refugees in my demographics fled their countries. I like the idea of hands-on activities in which learners have to answer a question before they can move one. So, I think this will be a good option for my subtopics, especially after presenting short videos. I can present a short video and the learners can answer a simple question such as True/False that would give them access to a short text or further questions about the video. For discovery activity, I’m thinking about “case studies” and I’d present this activity at the end of each module. My project will be about refugees from certain countries and how trauma can decrease their learning abilities. I believe case studies or scenarios would be a great option to close the module.
My project has to be outlined as a storyboard that illustrates my plan, the sequence of activities and images I will be using. I’m struggling with that idea because I can visualize my course but not the step-by-step process. I’m used to creating courses on Canvas, but I just do it, no storyboards necessary because the plan is actually in my mind. I'm sure I will get it sooner or later!
Well my friends, This is my plan on how I’m going to design my standalone course, however, it might change a little bit because I’m not so sure the materials I will have available yet, such as videos, documentaries or what kinds of texts, for example.
I’ll keep you posted! Stay tuned and enJOY your Spring!
Horton, W. (2012). E-Learning by Design. Retrieved from http://eds.b.ebscohost.com.postu.idm.oclc.org/ehost/ebookviewer/ebook?sid=be273e1c-11b2-4b7e-b610-3c467437fc52%40pdc-v-sessmgr06&ppid=pp_67&vid=0&format=EB
Hi. I'm Raquel Poteet, an ESL and Spanish teacher. My calling is definitely teaching. That's why I decided to further my education. I'm enrolled in my TESOL M. Ed. program at Post University and loving it!